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Lean Impact: Accelerating Our Pace of Progress with Ann Mei Chang

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Despite enormous investments of time and money, are we making enough of a dent on the social and environmental challenges of our time? What if we could exponentially increase our impact? Consider that only three years after adopting the Sustainable Development Goals, it's already clear we’re not on track. Nationalism, disruptive technologies, and other major forces are threatening the relevance of traditional programs. To achieve the impact and scale needed to address the world's challenges, global development will need to become more nimble, more innovative, and more catalytic. This talk focuses on how can we innovate for radically greater social good.

Ann Mei will also discuss her own leadership journey and the role of leadership in fostering innovation. Bring your questions and experience about leading and supporting innovation in your organization.

Ann Mei Chang is a leading advocate for social innovation who brings together unique insights from her extensive work across the tech industry, nonprofits, and the US government. As Chief Innovation Officer at USAID, Ann Mei served as the first Executive Director of the US Global Development Lab, engaging the best practices for innovation from Silicon Valley to accelerate the impact and scale of solutions to the world’s most intractable challenges. She was previously the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps and served the US Department of State as Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary's Office of Global Women’s Issues.

Ann Mei recently launched her seminal book, “Lean Impact”. Inspired by the modern innovation practices popularized by bestseller The Lean Startup that have fueled technology breakthroughs touching every aspect of our lives, LEAN IMPACT turns our attention to a new goal--achieving radically greater social good.

Following Ann Mei’s presentation, Fiona Macaulay, WILD Founder & CEO, will interview Ann Mei in a fireside chat to learn more about her leadership journey.

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